English for Parents

Workforce Development

Two Generation Education

We’ve taken basic ESL instruction and customized our English classes for parents of young children. Instructors work closely with families in year-round classes that meet two to three times a week. They encourage families to build on their native language by using English and Spanish at home and in class.

In a matter of months, parents gain the confidence to communicate with teachers and build reading and learning routines at home.   It doesn’t take long before parents feel more comfortable playing an active role in their child’s education.

“I can understand English when I go to the doctor, the grocery store and at my children’s school. The English classes are helping me a lot.”

-Community Center parent

Parent Outcomes

Parents make amazing progress in just two to three years. Most start out speaking just a few phrases of basic English. Within two to three years, they’re speaking advanced level English. What does that mean? Parents can go about life independently, participate in most conversations and become involved in their local school. Communicating with teachers and helping children with homework is now a comfortable part of family life.

The Martinez Ortega family reads together often. Family Learning improves academics and builds strong relationships.

2-Gen Impact

Without a high school diploma, many parents encounter obstacles to employment. That’s why our community centers offer parents the opportunity to earn their GED. Evaluations show adult education helps the whole family. In addition to improving their employment outlook, parents feel more comfortable guiding children through important choices for their educational futures.

Most of our families now make regular trips to the public library and enjoy family-friendly events all over Omaha.

Ready for Work

Parents in our community centers told us they needed workforce training classes. Through our partnership with Metropolitan Community College, they earn national recognized certifications. This leads to better jobs and a stronger future for their families. In fact, research shows children are more likely to succeed in school when their families are financially stable.


Applying Strengths
Resolving Conflict
Using Technology

Learning Community graduate, Maria Rosalba Salazar with baby Alice.
After graduating from the Learning Community Center of South Omaha, Maria enrolled in workforce training classes to build a better future for her family.

Building Dreams

Maria and her classmates are connected to schools and comfortable in the community. They signed up for workforce training because they want a more secure financial future. READ